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Shoujo manga classics & Windy Tales

I’m making my way through all sorts of classics, both movies and shoujo manga. It’s especially interesting with the latter because even though there are quite a few titles that can already be considered classics, there isn’t a real canon of shoujo manga yet because it’s still a relatively young genre and you can either rely on recommendations by other (older?) readers or check the release lists of various publishers for their bunko editions and other re-editions because they mostly contain older popular titles. But I always feel like I might be missing out on some really precious gems because I don’t trust the publishing companies; they probably just re-publish stuff that was commercially successful at the time it was first published, but that’s not necessarily what I’m looking for…)

Escapism II – new anime: Fuujin Monogatari (Windy Tales). Do not feel put off by the admittedly very werid, minimalistic designs! Once you’ve actually started watching this series, it’ll become part of its great great charm anyway. The story is so wonderfully magical and dreamy, it’s almost like an artsy Ghibli movie ♥

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Posted on Sep 26, 2004 (Sun, 1:04 am). .

Winter-y distractions

Dir en grey’s Macabre is such a fine winter album, something I want to drown in at the moment. It’s nice to still be able to sing along to my favourite tracks on it even though I haven’t listened to the CD in about a year.

Picked up all my packages that arrived when I was gone for the holidays. I got Asuka 2. I really love this issue: Gouhou Drug’s on the cover, there’s also a Gouhou Drug clearfile (damn pretty!), new Gouhou Drug and X chapters. And Kazumi Yuana-sensei’s Fukai nemuri hana is getting better and better as well!

Aaand I got my Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi Roman Album yesterday! Ureshiii~ It’s very very beautiful. Unfortunately, there are lots and lots of Chihiro pics (as well as sketches and scenes and stuff) but only very little Haku ones ;_; But ah, it’s a really lovely book nevertheless.

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Posted on Jan 9, 2003 (Thu, 2:57 pm). .

Anime nostalgia… plus .hack//SIGN

I made a surprising discovery! There is an old anime TV series about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, all with animal characters instead of human ones. I remember watching it when I was little but when I started looking for info on it online all I came up with was the opening clip of it (in French). Well, a while later I bought an Animage with a Studio Ghibli special in it and as it turns out, that Sherlock Holmes anime (or at least a few episodes of it) was written/directed by none other than Miyazaki Hayao! A few days ago, I visited to get a few Japanese DVD release dates and I found out that the Sherlock Holmes series is being released on DVD in the US. I so need to buy them, just for the nostalgia’s sake^^ I still like most of the old TV series that I watched when I was little (Rascal and that Dog of Flandern series). It must be the same for the Japanese people because they still make movies out of those series, even decades after the TV series aired. Ah yes, Japan must be the best country to live in for nostalgic people ^^;

To make me forget about the fact that I’m anxiously waiting for my x-ray and blood test results to come in, I’ve been looking for a new domain (for new projects). All the good ones I came up with are already taken. Hm. I’ve also watched .hack//SIGN up to episode 9. This series is so damn addictive, a lot more than RahXephon. I love all the songs on it, to the degree that I have them in my head in the early hours of the morning when I can’t sleep. I love all of them, except the opening theme >_< Even though the story development has been dragging a bit too much (the bits about what's happening in the real world are just too few at the moment), I like the character development a lot (especially with all that little 'side events', Mimiru helping that little newbie girl, Tsukasa taking care of that girl's pet, et cetera)...

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Posted on Jul 1, 2002 (Mon, 4:10 pm). .

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